Boating Fun

DH almost fainted when I said that I’d go out on the boat with him.

IMG_6015_editedIMG_6022IMG_6024Big LogIMG_6033IMG_6046Delta Cabin

That big log fouled the prop on the damn-boat. After we got it out, DH started up the boat again and ran straight over it. I don’t know why he didn’t see it. I saw it and started yelling, “STOP!” which he did.

The kids and I went exploring while DH got the damn-boat out of the water and inspected it for damage (from the twice run over, big log). We found this cute little cabin. It has a double bed and a bunk bed in it (no matresses). I thought it was very picturesque.

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A new jacket?

Pattern & Fabric Plans

So did I use the stretch blue cord to make Burda Plus 401, a princess seam jacket, from Spring 2007? No. Of course not. Why would I follow thru on a plan?

Ready to fit
Ready to fit

I did follow my usual M.O. by tracing the pattern onto patternease. I sewed the patternease together for fitting purposes. I found that I needed a 4 inch (10 cm) full bust alteration (fba) in front. The armhole and back felt tight, but I didn’t do anything to alter them. My experience says that the armhole ALWAYS feels tight when I’m fitting with patternease, and I decided to trust my method of using my high bust measurement to choose my size.

princess pattern
Slash lines

I decided to attack the FBA like I would for adding a dart in a dartless top instead of trying to fiddle with the princess seams. In the end, it’s like fiddling with princess seams, but because I have to add so much (4 inches to each side!), the fiddling is too difficult.

So I took my assembled front and slashed as indicated in the image to the left. I opened up the front, adding the 4 inches that I needed in the vertical slash that was under the bust point. This adds fabric where I need it (aka boob area) w/o changing the size of the armhole and without changing the size or shape of the shoulder and neckline.

It didn’t work the way I had envisioned. I ended up with a very large center front panel and skinny looking side panels that arcked sharply back. I don’t have a picture, and I’m not going to try to draw it. Please, just take my word for it that it didn’t work.

I decided that taping the pieces back together would be easier than retracing.

princess pattern
Slash lines

Then I had to decided how I wanted to attack this alteration. 4 inches is a serious change in the pattern, and if that change isn’t placed correctly, I get a boob shape in the wrong place and not enough fabric over the boobs. I don’t really need added width. My boobs may be enormous, but they don’t hang under my arms. What I need is more depth in front (apex to armpit). So I decided to add 2 inches to each of the side princess seam panels. This worked really well.

Forgot to lengthen the facing

However, while I was fitting, I neglected to look at the front facing piece. Well, if you add length to the front, you have to add length to the front facing. And the above picture gives you an idea of how much I need to add. Oh, and I did it this way because I don’t really care what the inside of a garment looks like AND because I didn’t have enough of the correct weight interfacing to cut 2 more facings..

Vervalise Purse-Wallet

Pattern & Fabric
Zippered passport pocket, credit card pockets,
cell phone pocket.

I really like the idea of this bag. You can click on any of the images to see a larger image.

My M.O. is to NEVER put any fabric back once it’s been pulled to make something (and something was made). This fabric is leftovers from a pair of pants. So when it came time to decide to toss or make something, I decided to make this bag.

Pattern: Vervalise

Pattern Description:
From the website:Dimensions= 8″ X 9″ X 2″

You’ll love making this fun bag, designed for a handsfree lifestyle. It’s big enough for virtually EVERY important thing you normally carry, and then some! Even full, it’s so lightweight, that you’ll forget you are carrying a purse. With zippered compartments, and a magnetic closure, all of your important possissions are safe and secure… yet within easy access for YOU. The exterior front and back provides PLENTY of area for creative embellishment. You can choose a comfy cotton web strap, or an elegant chain strap for a dressier look.

Wallet Interior

This bag, Vervalise, has seven credit card slots, zippered passport pocket, checkbook slot, pen holder, cell phone pocket, zippered coin purse, paper money slot, pocket for glasses case or makeup.

I don’t find it to be particularly secure. I disagree that it’s lightweight.

There are a lot of instructions and a lot of markings that you must include, but this purse has a lot of pockets, so this shouldn’t be a surprise. I really didn’t have many problems putting things together. However, I do admit to reading and highly recommend reading Mary’s review before I started.

Finished Purse
Purse Interior 1

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: It’s a wallet purse. I think that’s a terrific concept.

DISLIKE: It’s not secure.
DISLIKE: It’s floppy.
DISLIKE: It didn’t fit together that well.

Fabric Used:
Leftover 100% cotton pants fabric.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I followed all of Mary’s recommendations. I used plastic needle point canvas to increase the structural integrity (i.e. less floppy). I added pockets where there were none.


Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Maybe. I still really like the idea. Instead of cotton quilt batt and plastic needlepoint canvas, I would use Timtex interfacing.

The problem is that it just isn’t secure. It needs a zipper or something, and I don’t know what that something is. Maybe snaps? The thing is that with the floppy sides, it is possible (however unprobable) that someone could slip her hand in under the flap and lift something from the purse.

I like the idea, but this design doesn’t quite make it.

New Zealand Recommendations

These recommendations were posted by New Zealand Girl at Stitcher’s Guild:

There are a ton of galleries and museums to visit in Wellington. The oldest museum is up Buckle street, they have bells there too, that they do bell ringining periodically, but its got some great exhibits, especially of the early pioneer days, and various ages.

The cable car too, down on Lambton Quay is a good sight, when going up or down you can see over Wellington Harbour, the University is right there too.

The best store is Kirkcaldie & Stains – it is been there since the late 19th century, I believe that the James Smith Centre is now divided into numerous boutiques.

The waterfront, all around Wellington is spectacular, and swimming of course is the in thing, if you want to swim, Oriental Bay or Princess Bay would be the places as they are the warmest.

There is a seal colony further around the coast, I think its about a two mile walk from the end of the road, but is so quiet and peaceful you can forget that time exists.

Numerous wonderful resturants have sprung up, with wonderful bread, and the bread and butter and cream are to die for, as is the lamb, if you like lamb.

Up Bolton Street, where they tore part of it up for the roadway you can see Katherine Mansfields memorial, and I believe her house, she was a famous authoress in the early part of the 20th century and was considered shocking because of her behaviour – it would be passee today for sure.

Down Thornton Quay there is a fabric shop, if its still there, look in the yellow pages, I think its called The Fabric Warehouse, or some such name, you have to look through stuff, but he does get some great designer ends in, of course now that our dollar is no longer worth as much its not such a great bargain anymore, down Thorndon area and up Bolton Street and Tinakori Road youwill see unusual houses, very Indian (india) in looks, lots of punga trees, I think they are known as Australian tree ferns here.

Lots of silly looking artwork inhabits wellington now, but they really have updated it a lot in recent years.

Are you perhaps thinking of the golden coast – Raumati, Paekakariki, and Paraparaumu, on the other coast is the Rimatuka Range, very windy roads, one way each way, Featherston, masterton Carterton, which is the wairapa valley, and the farming centre – personally I’d go for the Paekakariki, we are not allowed to abbreviate anymore – the language thing – anyway they have a park there Victoria Park and you can ride the steam train.

As to fabric, well last time I was home it was a big disappointment – Palmerston North, which you get to either by the golden coast or throught the ranges, has a few nice fabric stores that cater for brides, but the prices are just dreadful – we have such high import taxes on things that it makes buying fabric a joke really.

the icecream up in Raumati is delicious, the passionfruit and mango and ginger is to die for.

February and March are the best times to go. The fish is wondeful too – if you can afford it, my brother who skin dives said that crayfish (much nicer than lobster is about $80.00 a kilo) – butterfish is wonderful.

Mt Victoria you see the whole of Wellington spread beneath you – schools are generally single sex – Wellington East which is above the Mt Victoria Tunnel, you must go through the tunnel has been there since 1920, and many generations of wellingtonians have passed through ther, grandmothers, daughters and grand-daughters – they wear school uniform, junior navy. It was very strict when I went there, but when I taught there I was truly disgusted at how far they had fallen.

You will enjoy your visit for sure.


Giraffe Purse

Garment Photo
Pattern Piece
Pattern Piece
Pattern Photo

Pattern Company: Making Vintage Bags

Pattern Number: not applicable
Pattern Name: Evelyn

Pattern Description:
A 1930s clutch purse with a strap added.

Pattern Sizing:
This is a small bag. If you enlarge the pattern by 165% as recommended your finished bag will be about 10.5 inches x 6 inches (27 cm x 15 cm). The strap is just long enough to fit comfortably over my shoulder.

FlapFront and back of purse
Pattern pieces cut out.

I decided to enlarge the pattern by 200%. This version isn’t finished yet, but I think I will find it more useful.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much. I used a printed fabric, and the author added embellishments.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were okay. The author assumes that you have read the instructions for the previous pattern, which is the same as this bag without a strap. So I was puzzled by what she was talking about a couple of times until it occurred to me to look at the previous pattern.

The author recommends “craft interfacing” what ever that is. I used timtex.


Purse interior

This is a really easy pattern. There are only the 2 pattern pieces, and if you make it as recommended, it’s a piece o’ cake to make.

The pattern only includes the flap and sides with the snap location and the strap length indicated. I added the interior pockets and covered my cord with bias tape.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the shape of the bag and flap.

Fabric Used:
Rayon leftovers.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Instead of a cord handle, I covered cotton cording with bias tape. I made the bias tape from self fabric.

In additionn to lining the interior, I added 2 pockets. One goes up the middle with a zipper, and the other is a patch pocket on one side.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I’m making another one, albeit larger, at this moment, and I do recommend it.



Bunny is a great bunny. She is friendly and outgoing. She loves to hop around the house and outside on her leash. If someone sits on the floor with her, she will hop around a bit, then hop into the person’s lap for some cuddling. She loves being held.

Street View at Google Maps

:dorky: I just discovered Street View. It’s very cool. I used to live here. My bedroom window is just behind the shrub at the back of the building on the first floor. I grew up here. You can’t see the house. It’s just at the crest of the road, by the house with the white wall on the right side of the street. You can see our neighbors’ house. We lived at the curve of the road, so when cars missed the turn, they would smash into the neighbors on either side, but never us.

Ah, well, those are the only locations that have streetviews. This is pretty cool.